Shivers Down Your Spine: Cinema, Museums, and the Immersive View

Shivers Down Your Spine: Cinema, Museums, and the Immersive View

by Alison Griffiths
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231129882

ISBN-13: 9780231129886

Pub. Date: 08/01/2008

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Through a series of detailed historical case studies, Alison Griffiths explores the uncanny and unforgettable visceral power of the medieval cathedral, the panorama, the planetarium, the IMAX theater, and the science museum. Examining these structures as exemplary spaces of immersion and interactivity, Griffiths reveals the sometimes surprising: antecedents of…  See more details below

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Through a series of detailed historical case studies, Alison Griffiths explores the uncanny and unforgettable visceral power of the medieval cathedral, the panorama, the planetarium, the IMAX theater, and the science museum. Examining these structures as exemplary spaces of immersion and interactivity, Griffiths reveals the sometimes surprising: antecedents of modern media forms, suggesting the spectator's deepseated desire to become. Immersed in a virtual world. Shivers Down Your Spine demonstrates how immersive and interactive museum display techniques such as large video displays, reconstructed environments, and touch-screen computer interactives have redefined the museum space, fueling the opposition between public and private, science and spectacle, civic and corporate interests, voice and text, and life and death. In her remarkable study of sensual spaces, Griffiths explains why, for centuries, we keep coming back for more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231129886
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Series:
Film and Culture Series
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Pt. I From Cathedral to Imax Screen: Case Studies in Immersive Spectatorship

1 Immersive Viewing and the "Revered Gaze" 15

2 Spectacle and Immersion in the Nineteenth-Century Panorama 37

3 Expanded Vision IMAX Style: Traveling as Far as the Eye Can See 79

4 "A Moving Picture of the Heavens": Immersion in the Planetarium Space Show 114

Pt. II Museums and Screen Culture: Immersion and Interactivity Over Centuries

5 Back to the (Interactive) Future: The Legacy of the Nineteenth-Century Science Museum 159

6 From Daguerreotype to IMAX Screen: Multimedia and IMAX at the Smithsonian Institution 195

7 Film and Interactive Media in the Museum Gallery: From "Roto-Radio" to Immersive Video 232

8 Conclusion 283

Notes 289

Filmography 335

Bibliography 337

Index 357

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